*A two-disc live original Broadway cast album of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, starring five-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald as late singer Billie Holiday, is being recorded by PS Classics to be released this summer, reports Playbill. [Scroll down to watch clips.]
Recording for the album began with the May 27 performance and will continue through May 31. It will be produced by Tommy Krasker, who previously helmed McDonald’s first three solo albums.
PS Classics will release the cast album July 15. It can be pre-ordered at PSClassics.com.
Directed by Tony Award nominee Lonny Price (110 in the Shade, Sweeney Todd, Company), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill began previews March 25 and opened to strong critical reviews April 13.
The 1959-set play, which centers on one of Holiday’s final public appearances, takes place in Philadelphia four months before the singer’s death. Holiday puts on a show that unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime.
The 90-minute show includes such songs as “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “When a Woman Loves a Man,” “Foolin’ Myself,” “Don’t Explain,” “Somebody’s On My Mind,” “Taint Nobody’s Bizness,” “Baby Doll” and more.
The production garnered Tony nominations for Best Actress (McDonald) and Best Sound Design (Steve Canyon Kennedy).
UPDATE: Audra McDonald and the production will be transferring to Wyndham’s Theatre in London in June, 2016. For more info (and tickets) go here: http://www.londontheatres.co.uk/#venue/wyndhams-theatre